First and foremost, I’m going to try and keep Politics out of this. It doesn’t matter how I feel about this administration. The changes coming are going to affect the Refrigerant industry significantly.

Today it was announced by the Obama administration that they are going to be pushing for the phase-out of R-134A Refrigerant. R-134A is THE Refrigerant that is used in all automotive applications as of 1994. Prior to 1994 it was R-12 Refrigerant but that was banned in accordance to International law and was replaced with R-134A. Now it looks like R-134A is on it’s way to be banned.

From what I’ve read about the press statement is that there is nothing mandatory yet on R-134A phaseout. Everything is voluntary. That being said many major chemical companies have agreed to reduce production of R-134A and other major companies that use R-134A Refrigerant have said that they will be using an alternative Refrigerant.

As I said above, nothing is changing today… but since this statement came out I can almost guarantee that R-134A pricing is going up, and going up fast. I will have to give props to the Obama administration to announcing this as the summer season comes to an end. This lets the changes sink over the winter and hopefully a lot of the hype as well. If this was announced in May I could have seen R-134A prices go over $200.00 a jug. Hopefully, price doesn’t spike too bad and if it does it will be short lived.

For more on this announcement check out this Washington Post article:

 

Thanks for reading all,

Alec Johnson

It’s getting to be that time of year. Here in Kansas City we had our last hot day at ninety-five degrees. Tomorrow’s high is in the seventies and the rest of the week will be in the sixties or seventies. I’d say we are out of the heat of the summer and moving into fall. While this means cooler temperatures it also means Refrigerant price will slowly begin to fall over the next few months.

There really wasn’t much of a spike those is year on Refrigerant pricing so I don’t expect it to crash too much this winter but you should see a noticeable drop in price compared to today. If you are looking to buy and it’s not an emergency I would hold off for a month or two and watch the prices start to go down.

Also, no one knows what next years season will do. It could be an extremely flat year and prices will remain the same, or it could be a crazy year and prices will go up three-hundred percent. It depends on so many factors that your guess is as good as mine.

Since I am in the business of selling Refrigerant I’m wishing everyone a hot HOT 2015 summer!

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

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Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

I don’t know about you, but here in Kansas City we have had a VERY mild summer compared to past years. So far this summer we have STILL yet to reach a one-hundred degree day. If one hundred degrees seems crazy let me remind you that the typical months of July and August in Kansas City have 20-25 one-hundred degree days.

Not only do we have the nice lower temperatures but we also have the lower electric bills due to our air conditioners not working near as hard. Typically, Refrigerant price spikes in summer, sometimes upwards one-hundred percent or more.

A few years ago I was buying wholesale R-134A Refrigerant for around $60.00 a jug in mid-March. Fast forward a few months and add in an extremely hot summer and R-134A prices sky-rocketed to over $200 a jug. If you saw the increase coming (Don’t know how you would.) you could have bought up at the $60.00 a price and made a killing selling $200 a jug to anyone and everyone who needed a jug.

On the other side of the coin though in early 2014 I was buying wholesale jugs of R-134A Refrigerant for low $70.00. In the first quarter of 2014 it was announced that the Federal Government was looking at adding tariffs to all imported R-134A Refrigerant. These weren’t insignificant tariffs either, some discussions were $40-$50 a jug. This caused a lot of panic in the industry and R-134A went from $70.00 up to $145 in just a few weeks. It has since calmed down some, but we are still looking at around $115 wholesale price. I predict by the end of the sumer and or fall that it will taper off to around $100 wholesale price and around $120-$130 retail to the end user.

R-134A is really the only Refrigerant that I know of that spikes and crashes like that. I’ve been watching the R-410A market for a few years now and it really stays pretty consistent. Wholesale price stays right around $60-$75 per jug. Most end users are paying around $100-$120 per jug. I really haven’t seen this price change too much, so I wouldn’t really worry about watching the market too closely on R-410A.

Keep in mind though that the hotter the summer the higher the Refrigerant price goes. It really just boils down to supply and demand, if the demand for Refrigerant is high you’re going to pay like crazy to get your house or car cool again.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

R-12 Refrigerant is the original Refrigerant. At one point in time it was used for everything including home air conditioning units, automobiles, and refrigerators. It was invented by a partnership of DuPont and General Motors back in the 1920s and was being used as the primary type of Refrigerant for home units until the 1950s. In the 1950s the newer R-22 Refrigerant took over the home and refrigerator market. R-22 was easier on the compressors and didn’t’ require as big of pipes to flow through.

Even though R-12 lost the home market it was still THE Refrigerant to use in automobiles. In 1994 the Environmental Protection Agency mandated that all new vehicles use R-134A Refrigerant rather than the R-12 Refrigerant that was used for over seventy years. The EPA mandated this change due to the Chlorine found in the R-12 Refrigerant. Chlorine damages the O-Zone layer and due to the amount of the vehicles on the road there was significant damage being done to the O-Zone layer. The R-134A Refrigerant does not harm the O-Zone layer. (Although it does produce greenhouse gases which contribute to Global Warming.)

R-12 has been phased out for twenty years now. (1994-2014.) If you have a vehicle older than 1994 you have two choices. You can either retrofit your car so that it will be compatible with R-134A Refrigerant, or you can try to purchase some R-12 Refrigerant from a supplier or online. If you choose the latter be prepared to pay a hefty price. I’ve seen R-12 Refrigerant go from $500.00 a cylinder all the way up to $1,100.00 a cylinder. If it was me I would go the retrofitting route rather than purchasing. This allows you to use the common and less expensive R-134A Refrigerant and it also keeps you in compliance with EPA regulations. R-12 is strictly regulated by the government and if you were to accidentally vent some of the R-12 Refrigerant into the atmosphere you could face very hefty fines.

All in all R-12 is the dinosaur of Refrigerant. It’s going to be completely extinct here in the next ten to twenty years. But, it did serve a purpose as it was the first Refrigerant and provided cooling for the world for nearly a century. If you have any questions on Refrigerant please contact me.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

Up until recently R-22 Refrigerant was the most common type of refrigerant for home and commercial air-conditioning units. Do you have an air-conditioning unit made before 2010? If so, it takes R-22.

Its popularity took off in the 1950s when it replaced R-12 Refrigerant for home and commercial use. As of January 1st, 2010 no new R-22 air-conditioners can be manufactured in the United States and other developed countries. In 2015 production of R-22 must be cut in half due to EPA regulation. Lastly, in 2020 the production of R-22 will be illegal in all major countries across the world. R-22 is being replaced with R-410A , or Puron. R-410A was invented in the early 1990s but really didn’t begin to gain popularity until the 2000s and it is the Refrigerant of the future. All new units from 2010 and on will be taking R-410A.

If you desire to purchase R-22 Refrigerant you must be certified to be handle refrigerants with the Environmental Protection Agency. If you do not have the certification you cannot legally purchase R-22 or R-12 Refrigerant. R-410A and R-134A you can purchase without any licensing. The sales restriction on R-22 is put in place to prevent laymen from releasing damaged Chlorine from R-22 into the atmosphere. Chlorine damages the O-Zone layer which is the main reason R-22 is being phased out.

R-22’s price is only expected to climb over the next few years. Today, August 2014, the price on a thirty pound cylinder of R-22 ranges from $300-$350. This is quite the difference compared to the R-410A price of $100-$130. Expect a big increase in price in 2015 when production of R-22 will be cut in half. I would expect it to spike to $500-$600 a jug next summer. In another five years when production of R-22 is banned I could definitely see the price per jug going over $1,000. (R-12 is typically over $1,000 per cylinder since it’s phase out.)

Thanks for reading,
Alec Johnson

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In case you haven’t heard R-22 Refrigerant is slowly being phased out by the Environmental Protection Agency in compliance with the Montreal Protocol. This is a big deal. R-22 Refrigerant has been the standard Refrigerant for all home/commercial HVAC units, refrigerators, and grocery store freezers since the 1950s. R-22’s replacement R-410A is the Refrigerant of the future rather you like it or not!

Now the reason for the phaseout is valid. (It’s being phased out due to the Chlorine found in R-22. Chlorine damages the O-Zone layer.) That being said, this is going to cause a major headache to many consumers. If you own a unit that was manufactured before 2010 chances are that it takes R-22 Refrigerant. Any machines made on or after 2010 are required to take the R-22 replacement R-410A. Because of this restriction in 2010 if you have a Refrigerant leak on your old unit you are going to end up paying an arm and a leg to either 1) replace your R-22 Refrigerant which is now up to over $300.00 a cylinder. Or, 2) you retrofit your old HVAC unit so that it can take the new R-22 replacement R-410A. Whichever choice you decide to go with you are going to be out a lot of money.

If you do run into an issue where your old R-22 unit is leaking I would recommend either retrofitting the unit to R-410A or buying a whole new R-410A unit. I am suggesting the new unit as the price on R-22 is only going to get worse. In 2010 machines can no longer be R-22 machines can no longer be manufactured. In 2015 the production of R-22 will have to be cut in half by EPA regulation. Finally, in 2020 the production of R-22 Refrigerant will be banned in all countries that have signed the Montreal Protocol. This includes United States, Canada, Australia, and all major European powers.

Now, for a little history lesson. This isn’t the first time that a mass phaseout of refrigerants has occurred. Before the 1950’s R-12 Refrigerant was the refrigerant used for EVERYTHING, and I mean everything. It didn’t matter what application, you used R-12. R-22 Refrigerant was invented back in the 1930s but it didn’t really begin to get popular until after World War 2. It’s first use for home/commercial air conditioning was in the late 1950s. R-12 Refrigerant was phased out for home/commercial use and replaced with R-22. (Sound Familiar?) R-22 was used instead because it permitted the use of smaller compressors and smaller piping.

Just as it took a while for R-22 Refrigerant to become the standard it is going to be a long process before R-22 is completely removed from the market. But, as time goes on the price of R-22 is only going to increase. I predict a huge spike in price in 2015 and again in 2020. Don’t be surprised if you start seeing R-22 Refrigerant close to a $1,000 a jug over the next few years. Don’t believe me? Check out the price of an unused cylinder of R-12 Refrigerant nowadays. I’ve seen some go for over $1,000!

In conclusion, this shouldn’t affect you, the homeowner, unless you have an R-22 unit with a Refrigerant leak. Otherwise, this change will mostly go un-noticed, very similar to the change from R-12 to R-134A Refrigerant that took place in 1994. If you do end up needing R-22 Refrigerant in the future I would reccomend buying NOW before the price gets any higher.

Thanks for reading,
Alec Johnson

 

 

 

25 years Montreal Protocol

The Montreal Protocol is an international treaty that went into effect in January 1st, 1989. The main goal of the protocol is to slow down and to eventually stop the damage to the O-Zone layer that various chemicals were causing. It has been revised numbers times over the years to accommodate for new technologies and products. As a direct result of the treaty the hole in the O-Zone layer has been shrinking and experts believe that we will be at 1980 levels between the year 2050-2070.

The treaty is centered around any chemicals that contain either Chlorine or Bromine. For each group of chemicals the treaty designated a time table on which production of those products must be phased out and eventually eliminated from the market. This treaty is why the most common refrigerants for cars, R-12 Refrigerant, was discontinued in the early 1990s and was replaced with R-134A. R-12 contained Chlorine whereas the R-134A did not thus was not harmful to the O-Zone. R-134A is a greenhouse gas and does contribute to Global Warming so this Refrigerant may end up going away in the future as well.

In more recent news this treaty is responsible for the discontinuation of R-22. R-22 is the Refrigerant that most home and commercial air conditioning units use. R-22 is being replaced with R-410A. R-410A is similar to R-134A and does not contain Chlorine. It is however a greenhouse gas and contributes to Global Warming. In the 2010 all new air conditioning machines have to use R-410A instead of R-22. In 2020 the production of R-22 Refrigerant will be banned in all countries who have signed the Montreal Protocol.

This protocol is a double edged sword, as it did repair the O-Zone layer but it also caused the cost of Refrigerants to go through the roof. If you were to try and buy a cylinder of R-12 Refrigerant today you would end up paying over $1,000 for a 30 pound cylinder. R-22 Refrigerant is following the same path. In a few more years I could easily see R-22 Refrigerant going for $600-$800 per jug.

For now there are no future regulations or restrictions on HFCs including R-410A and R-134A. I would expect in the five to ten years new regulations will come out against these refrigerants as well. The O-Zone is repairing but now we have to worry about the Global Warming potential of these new HFC chemicals. But, hopefully by then companies have developed a new, cleaner, and more efficient refrigerant that the world can use.

The link to the Wikpedia article on The Montreal Protocol can be found here.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

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There are many types of Refrigerant available and it can be rather confusing as to what type of Refrigerant your home HVAC or your vehicle takes. There are four major kinds of refrigerant today. You have your R-410A and your R-22 for your home/commercial units. You also have your R-134A and your R-12 refrigerants for your vehicles.

Below is a quick guide on how to identify what type of refrigerant you need:

Vehicles

There are a few types of refrigerants used in vehicles. The most common type today is the R-134A. In the past R-12 was the go to refrigerant for vehicles. R-12 was phased out from production in compliance with the Montreal Protocol in 1995. (Montreal Protocol is an international treaty designed to protect the O-Zone layer by phasing out production of chemicals that are harmful to the O-Zone.)

Vehicle manufacturers begin switching to R-134A between 1992 and 1994. If your vehicle was made after this date (Which was twenty years ago, so I would hope so!) then your vehicle is using R-134A refrigerant. Since R-134A is an HFC you can purchase and use it without having to be licensed with the Environmental Protection Agency. R-134A can be bought in 12 ounce cans or in thirty pound jugs.

If you are in need of R-12 Refrigerant you are going to end up paying an arm and a leg to get a hold of some. Since R-12 was phased out almost twenty years ago the price have gone up exponentially. I’ve seen some thirty pound jugs sell for over a thousand dollars. Also, in order to purchase and handle R-12 Refrigerant you need to be certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. You will not be able to buy this without providing your certification number to a seller.

Home Units

There are two possible types of refrigerants that are used in your home air conditioning unit. The most common refrigerant is R-22 Refrigerant and other is R-410A. Most units made prior to 2010 will be taking R-22 Refrigerant and ALL units made in 2010 or newer are required to take R-410A refrigerant. So, it is just a matter finding out when your machine was manufactured.

R-22 has been the standard HVAC refrigerant for many years but in recent years has begun to be phased out due to the ‘Montreal Protocol.’ (Montreal Protocol is an international treaty designed to protect the O-Zone layer by phasing out production of chemicals that are harmful to the O-Zone.) The short version is that R-22 falls into the chemical group of Hydrocholoroflurocarbons, or HCFCs. HCFCs contain the chemical Chlorine which negatively affects the O-Zone layer.

In compliance with the Montreal Protocol the United States’ Environmental Protection Agency mandated that no new R-22 machines can be manufactured after 2009. Any new HVAC unit built in 2010 or greater will now take the R-410A refrigerant. If you have a unit that takes R-22 Refrigerant you are still able to buy some on the market today, but you will need to be certified with the EPA before your can purchase or handle R-22. If you are not certified you will need to have an HVAC company service your unit.  Lastly, in 2020 the production R-22 will be banned in the United States. You will still be able to purchase it but you will see the price sky rocket over the next few years. If you do find that you need R-22 in the future it may make more sense to just purchase a new R-410A unit instead.

R-410A is a Hydroflurocarbon, or HFCs, and has no negative affects on the O-Zone layer. It is the future of Refrigerant for home and commercial air conditioning units. Although HFCs are an improvement from the damaging R-22 they are not perfect. They may not damage the O-Zone but they are greenhouse gases and have a higher Global Warming contribution then it’s predecessor R-22.

R-410A is not widely spread today as most units prior to 2010 were using R-22 Refrigerant. However, as the years go on R-410A is going to be the dominant Refrigerant in the marketplace. Since R-410A is an HFC refrigerant you do NOT need to be certified to purchase or handle it. This gives all you do-it-yourselfers the ability to purchase Refrigerant online and not have to worry about breaking any regulations.

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Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

I’ve been on the wholesale side of the Refrigerant industry for over seven years now and I’ve learned when to buy and how to buy.

When to Buy?

First thing is first, if you’re looking to buy refrigerant by the pallet you have to know when to buy. If you are in a position where a pallet or two will last you for most of the year I would suggest purchasing in the dead of winter. Refrigerant is a commodity and prices sky rocket in the middle of summer but when we’re in the winter months prices tank and a lot of vendors are trying to blow out all of their old product before the next season starts up. Now, this strategy only works if you have the capital to buy up a few pallets in the slow season and sit on them for the year. Otherwise, you’ll run out in the peak of the season and have to pay an outrageous price to get your next pallet.

How to Buy?

How many jugs of Refrigerant are on a pallet? When I’ve dealt with R-134A and R-410A cylinders they all came forty jugs to a pallet. So, if you’re buying at $60.00 a jug you’re looking at spending $2,400.00 per one pallet. Now, if you are considering purchasing more than one pallet you have room to negotiate more with your vendor. If you’re buying 4-5 pallets you can most definitely get another few dollars per cylinder out of your vendor.

Now, if you mean serious business and are looking to purchase a trailer-load of product you can get your price down to dirt cheap levels. A trailer-load or container load is twenty pallets of Refrigerant. So, again, if you’re looking at the $60.00 price point you’ll have a total of $48,000 for 800 jugs of Refrigerant. When you are purchasing at this level you have the ability to not only negotiate with your existing vendors but to also import Refrigerant from another country such as China.

I have not imported Chinese Refrigerant before, but I know that you have to be VERY careful. There are many instances of buyers being scammed by false Chinese companies. You pay your part and the product never comes and that company you paid has mysteriously vanished.

However, if you do have a successful import from China you will see your acquisition price drop significantly. Last year when I was receiving quotes on pallets of R-410A I had quotes between $58.00 and $68.00 from various vendors. Out of curiosity I contacted some Chinese companies to see what the price per jug would be on a container. I was quoted $42.00 per cylinder. $42.00.That is a $16.00 savings per jug, and if you times that by 800 jugs on a container you are looking at $12,800 in savings by buying from China. Keep in mind that you will have to pay for the freight to get it to your location in the United States and that will be approximately $1,500-$2,500, but even with that taken out you are still looking at $10,000 in savings by importing. If you decide to import just BE CAREFUL.

Who to buy From?

There are tons of companies out there where you can purchase refrigerant from. The trick is finding the right company and getting the best price. When looking to purchase Refrigerant it is best to receive at-least three quotes from various vendors.  This gives you a diverse range of prices and notifies you if you are being ripped off.

There are many ‘vendors’ who do what I did last year and drop-shop the Refrigerant. I never actually touched the product. I just bought it from my vendor, marked it up, and told them where to ship it. The key here is to identify the wholesalers from the drop-shippers.

A list of vendors can be found in this alternate blog entry I did earlier this year by clicking here.

Thanks for reading, and if you have any questions please contact me.

Alec Johnson

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DuPont Refrigerant

Hello all, I thought I would do a brief history of DuPont, the company that invented and patented the name ‘Refrigerant.’ This will be a learning experience for me as well as I do not know too much about the company. Most of the information found in this blog is either from their Wikipedia page or their about us on their webpage.

DuPont was founded in 1802 in Wilmington, Delaware by Eleuthere Irenee Du Pont. (Try saying that name out loud!.) Originally, DuPont began as a manufacturer of gun powder as Du Pont noticed that America’s industry was lagging behind Europe’s.

The company expanded quickly and by the mid 1800’s they became the single largest supplier of gun powder to the American military. DuPont provided over half of the gun powder used by the Union Army during the civil war. Even before Refrigerant was invented they were having a significant impact on the history of the United States and the world.

In 1902 DuPont, the current president, died. The surviving partners sold the company to three great-grandsons of the original founder. During this time the company began acquiring smaller chemical companies across the United States. With all of these acquisitions the government grew concerned that DuPont was gaining a monopoly on the explosives industry. Under the Sherman AntiTrust Act the government split DuPont into three separate companies thus ending their monopoly on the explosives market.

In 1910 DuPont established two of the first industrial laboratories in the United States. There they begin to work on cellulose chemistry, lacquers, and other non-explosive products. DuPont central research was established at the DuPont Experimental Station across the creek where the original DuPont gun powder mills were located.

In 1914 Pierre S. DuPont invested in the new company called General Motors. The following year he was invited to sit on GM’s board of directors and would eventually be appointed the company’s chairman. In 1920 Pierre was elected president of General Motors. (I find this amazing, I had no idea that DuPont was responsible for GM!) In 1957 DuPont was forced to divest it’s interests in GM due to anti-trusts laws being violated. (The government didn’t want another monopoly on it’s hands.

In 1920 DuPont continued it’s focus on materials science. Soon after they invented synthetic rubber, nylon, and Teflon. Last but not least, they also invented one of the world’s first insecticide called phenothiazine.

In World War 2 DuPont was one of the top manufacturers for the government. With their Nylon invention they produced raw materials for parachutes, powder bags, and tires. They also played a large role in the Manhattan Project. DuPont designed, built, and operated the plant that produced the Plutonium that was necessary for the nuclear bombs used at the end of World War 2.

In the 1950s and 60s DuPont created numerous materials such as Mylar, Dacron, Orlon, and Lyrca. All of these were necessary and helpful in the Apollo missions to the moon. DuPont has also been a key developer in our military’s body armor, and is responsible for all of the bullet proof vests that our military and police personnel wear today.

Now, getting to the actual Refrigerant inventions of DuPont. (Here I thought Refrigerant was their only invention…) The very first chlorofluorocarbons, or Refrigerant, was invented in the 1890’s by a Belgian chemist named Frederic Swarts.

In the late 1920s a research team was formed at General Motors (Owned by DuPont at this time) to find a replacement  for the dangerous refrigerants that were in use at this time. In 1928 they improved the synthesis of the CFCs and successfully demonstrated their abilities.

In the 1930s General Motors & DuPont formed Kinetic Chemicals to produce Refrigerant. Their product was dichlorodifluromethane and is now referred to as R-12 Refrigerant.  The number after the R is the refrigerant class number.

Most uses of CFCs have been banned in the United States and other parts of the world due to their depleted effects on the O-Zone layer. The most common type of Refrigerant today is the hydroflurocarbons or HFCs. HFCs include the most popular types of Refrigerant today R-134A and R-410A.

So, to sum it up DuPont has invented EVERYTHING in the past one-hundred years. They with help from General Motors invented, improved, and patented Refrigerant and today are one of the best manufacturers of Refrigerant. They are also the ONLY 100% United States manufacter of Refrigerant.

Thanks for reading,

Alec Johnson

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608 & 609 EPA Certifications

In order to be qualified to handle refrigerants you need to pass a test by the Environmental Protection Agency on either 608 or 609 certification.

There are different types of certifications to consider as well:

  • 608 Type I Certification – Can only work on Small Appliance (5lbs or less of refrigerant)
  • 608 Type II Certification – Can only work on Medium, High and Very-High Pressure Appliances.
  • 608 Type III Certification – Can only work on Low-Pressure Appliances.
  • 608 Core Certification – This is needed in order to achieve any type of certification rather it be section 1, 2, or 3.
  • Universal Certification – Someone who possesses Type I, Type II and Type III Certifications as well as the Core Certification.
  • 609 Certification – This is needed to work on automobile applications.

Refrigerants are a hazardous gas and storage of refrigerant should not be taken lightly. No matter if you have R-134A, R-410A, R-22, or any other kind of refrigerant you need to take the proper steps and precautions. Below are a few key points to remember when storing your Refrigerant:

  • Ensure that all your cylinders be stored up right and are without risk of tipping over.
  • Refrigerant should be stored into a well ventilated area and temperatures should NOT exceed over 125 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperate becomes too hot pressure can build inside the container which could cause the container to rupture. This could cause the release valve to fail which could result in an explosion of the product.
  • Ensure all Refrigerant containers/cylinders have pressure release devices to avoid combustion and or explosions.
  • Ensure there are no combustible or flammable materials nearby the containers.
  • Perform regular visual inspections of your cylinders to ensure that everything is in good order.
  • Limit the number of people who have access to your Refrigerant, as the more people who have access the higher your chance of an incident. Also, please keep out of reach of children.

Refrigerant can be dangerous, or it can be very safe. It is up to you to take the per-cautions when storing your product. Well, that about covers storage requirements for Refrigerants.

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Thought everyone should know about this, I didn’t write this article but it is in regards to new tariffs on R-134A refrigerant. Click here for full article. This will have a huge effect on the price of R-134A. I was buying at $68.00 earlier this year and now the best price we can get is low $100s.

FACT SHEET

Commerce Initiates Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Investigations of Imports of 1,1,1,2-Tetrafluoroethane from the People’s Republic of China

  • On December 3, 2013, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced the initiation of antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of imports of 1,1,1,2- tetrafluoroethane from the People’s Republic of China (China).
  • The AD and CVD laws provide U.S. businesses and workers with a transparent and internationally approved mechanism to seek relief from the market-distorting effects caused by injurious dumping and unfair subsidization of imports into the United States, establishing an opportunity to compete on a level playing field.
  • For the purpose of AD investigations, dumping occurs when a foreign company sells a product in the United States at less than its fair value. For the purpose of CVD investigations, countervailable subsidies are financial assistance from foreign governments that benefit the production of goods from foreign companies and are limited to specific enterprises or industries, or are contingent either upon export performance or upon the use of domestic goods over imported goods.
  • The petitioner for these investigations is Mexichem Fluor, Inc. (LA).
  • The merchandise subject to these investigations is 1,1,1,2-Tetrafluoroethane, R-134a, or its chemical equivalent, regardless of form, type, or purity level. The chemical formula for 1,1,1,2- tetrafluoroethane is CF3-CH2F, and the Chemical Abstracts Service (“CAS”) registry number is CAS 811-97-2.1,1,1,2-Tetrafluoroethane is sold under a number of trade names including Klea 134a and Zephex 134a (Mexichem Fluor); Genetron 134a (Honeywell); Suva 134a, Dymel 134a, and Dymel P134a (DuPont); Solkane 134a (Solvay); and Forane 134a (Arkema). Generically, 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane has been sold as Fluorocarbon 134a, R-134a, HFC-134a, HF A-134a, Refrigerant 134a, and UN3159.Merchandise covered by the scope of these investigations is currently classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (“HTSUS”) at subheading 2903.39.2020. Although the HTSUS subheading and CAS registry number are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope is dispositive..
  • In 2012, imports of 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane from China were valued at an estimated $53.2 million.

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• The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is scheduled to make its preliminary injury determinations on or before December 13, 2013.

• If the ITC determines that there is a reasonable indication that imports of 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane from China materially injures, or threatens material injury to, the domestic industry, the investigations will continue and Commerce will be scheduled to make its preliminary CVD determination in February 2014 and its preliminary AD determination in April 2014, unless the statutory deadlines are extended. If the ITC’s preliminary determinations are negative, the investigations will be terminated.